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Save Radio NZ protest today

Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, February 24th, 2010 - 19 comments
Categories: activism, Media - Tags: , ,

The Save Radio New Zealand group on Facebook now has 13,600 members and today (the 25th) there will be an event at Parliament between 1 and 2. It won’t be your typical rowdy protest, instead the idea is to bring along your radio and something to eat and drink, and have a mass picnic on the lawn while showing your support for National Radio. As the event invitiation explains:

The Government appears hellbent on driving Radio NZ into the ground. This simply cannot be allowed to happen. Radio NZ is the last true provider of public service broadcasting in NZ.

Show your support from RNZ by joining other Save Radio New Zealand fans for a wee protest down at Parliament on Thursday. The idea is to bring lots of little portable radios for tuning in to RNZ National.

Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman is already starting to feel the pressure from the public over his silly move to undermine Radio NZ. His caucus colleagues are fielding loads of emails from disgruntled constituents and the tough questions are starting to be asked over his handling of this issue.

To keep the pressure on Coleman we need a good turn out at Parliament. Bring your friends, pack a picnic and have a good time.

Meanwhile, the Don’t Save Radio NZ group is now up to 31 supporters. Nice work guys.

[Updated on the 25th, the protest is today — r0b]

19 comments on “Save Radio NZ protest today ”

  1. big bruv 1

    What a waste of time.

    NOBODY is talking about selling RNZ (which is a pity) all they are being asked to do is live within their budget.

    What is so threatening about that?

    • Bright Red 1.1

      You don’t have to come bb.

      • Lew 1.1.1

        But it’d be hilarious if he did.

        L

      • The Baron 1.1.2

        Yeah, but you do kinda need to have a logical reason for protesting… otherwise you look like a bit of a tool.

        Either that, or you actually think that the public are idiots. Saying “RNZ needs saving” a million times doesn’t actually make it so.

        • QoT 1.1.2.1

          And certainly “showing popular support for Radio New Zealand before it’s too late” isn’t a “logical” reason or anything.

          What we should definitely do is ignore the early “spend within your [proven insufficient] means” and “consider commercialisation” warning signs and actually wait until Steven Joyce presents Rupert Murdoch with the head of Geoff Robinson before we actually do anything. I mean, it would be terrible to jump the gun.

          And certainly no government could possibly appreciate a visible demonstration of people’s feelings on important issues.

          • The Baron 1.1.2.1.1

            See this is exactly what I mean. What the hell has Rupert Murdoch got to do with RNZ being asked to live within it’s budget? What does living within your budget have to do with killing RNZ?
            And you’re not going down to show your support for radio. Nice try – you’re off to a protest to help SAVE it. That’s from the protest title, By the way. What are you saving it form then? Incremental cost savings? Run for the hills ma!
            All you’ve really succeeded in doing is proving that you are indeed a tool. Enjoy your protest.

            • QoT 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Well, there’s none so blind as those who refuse to see.

              Rupert Murdoch, after all, has nothing to do with private media.
              And “living within your budget” (oh so reasonable! so practical!) is completely the same as “being expected to maintain the same level of service for effectively less money, a sum which has already been established to be insufficient”.
              And of course the notion that one might “save” a thing by showing support for it pre-emptively is nonsense (if only because it’s hardly pre-emptive when Jonathan Coleman is your Minister for Broadcasting).

              But a tool? I can’t decide if it’s funnier imagining you as the presenter from Tool Academy or as someone who thinks there’s some leftist plot in which I am a mere pawn.

    • Toa 1.2

      Big bruv you are a total moron. You are parroting the same line of justification that a certain Minister of Broadcasting is fond of ejaculating. We are not fooled, we all know political interference when we see it, and can easily see your true colour.

  2. simon coffey 2

    Can you link to Don’t Save Radio NZ ?

    I want to heckle them…

  3. Chris Twemlow 3

    A lot of simple and dishonest folk like to be feed ideas in small sweet bite size packets, “keeping within a budget” hmm sounds yummy! Now if those of us who have more that a few assets and should have kept within our means, and paid a reasonable tax amount each year, then there would be a ‘public budget’ that could cover the cost of living in a ‘decent society’ instead of begging for tax breaks and looking down on high at thinly disguised sell offs’ because we are really terrified of defaulting on our own payments for the new boat-flatscreen-new car….mortgaeges!!!

  4. randal 4

    I protest that they dont play enough high quality string quartet music or violin concertos.
    do I make myself clear here.

  5. randal 5

    they need some people who love the music and not feeble stylehounds looking for a few pages on the c.v. when they go somewhere else more exciting.

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